Who is Michael Hingson?

On September 11, 2001, a blind man escaped the World Trade Center by walking down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog. Days later, America fell in love with Mike and Roselle and the special bond that helped them both survive one of the country’s darkest days.

Immediately after the 9-11 tragedy, Michael was featured on the Larry King show five times. To quote Larry King…

“Michael Hingson is an international hero honored and awarded by top organizations worldwide.”  This media exposure changed the course of Michael’s life and launched him into a speaking career that has spanned over nineteen years. He now travels the world as a keynote and inspirational speaker that can motivate audiences to action.

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Michael Hingson in a photo collage with Roselle, speaker podium and at the World Trade Center Memorial

Thunder Dog

Making its debut on the New York Times best-seller list in its first week of release, Thunder Dog, by Michael Hingson continues to be a top seller in print, audio and e-book formats. Blind since birth, Hingson is inspiring thousands, giving readers a transformative look into the life and boundless capabilities of the blind.

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Client Reviews

  • We are looking for a keynote speaker for our Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association Installation Dinner on Wednesday, January 7th 2015. I was wondering if Mr. Hingson was available to speak at our event and what costs would be involved...

    Kathryn Christy
  • Hi. I am a college student at Antioch university New England. For my human development class, I convinced my teacher and another student that your book belonged on our stages of human development book list, and there for got to read it. My book partner and I have to...

  • I am Jim Rosso, I am a blind college student and I spoke to you over the phone about covering your book for my speech class. I got an A. You had informed me that you wanted to know about my college progress. I am graduating from Ventura College and I have...

    Jim Rosso

About Speaker

Michael Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author and international lecturer. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog Roselle. This story is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog.

Hingson gives over 100 presentations around the world each year speaking to influential groups such as Exxon Mobile, AT&T, Federal Express, Scripps College, Rutgers University, Children’s Hospital, and the American Red Cross just to name a few. Hingson is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign for the National Federation of the Blind and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association’s 2012 Hero Dog Awards.

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